First Homebuild

I am new to the world of PC building and PC gaming (being a console player for the majority of my life) and have received a lot of advice on parts for my first gaming PC. I would just like to know if all the parts for my build actually are "made" for each other, or that they will basically go together. I also plan on using my HDTV as a monitor and would like to know if I am supposed to use an HDMI cable or an RGB cable? Thanks for all the help in advance.

Computer Parts List


$68.00 - Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse

$100.00 - RAZER Black USB Wired BlackWidow Ultimate Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

$180.00 - Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

$220.00 - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

$150.00 - SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity (100315L )

Hard Drive
$85.00 - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$47.00 - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

Power Supply
$105.00 - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply

$17.00 - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

$150.00 - GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

$37.00 - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/AM3+


Operating System
$100.00 - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Total Price: $1259 (Without Shipping/Handling)
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  1. i would spend less on the case and keyboard, and apply those dollars to a better video card - like a 7870. Also you'd use an HDMI cable.
  2. So I decided to go with:
    Razer Lycosa Keyboard - $70
    Cooler Master Elite 311 Silver Steel/Plastic ATX Mid Tower Case - $45
    Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $280

    With the specs as is could you tell me what games I could run smoothly and on what settings?
  3. youre not using loads of ram so youll me fine
  4. DO NOT buy from TigerDirect, link was a reference...
  5. Thanks for the processor advice, but I am capped at about $1250. Would I be able to run modern games like Skyrim and BF3 (just two examples I picked because of graphical prowess) smoothly on medium-high settings?
  6. Best answer
    The i5 and 7870 will own bf3 on ultra depending on what resolution you're on.
    You could always crossfire in the future.
    Heres a Benchmark:,3148-6.html
  7. Best answer selected by ebowling13.
  8. ogxbmc said:
    The i5 and 7870 will own bf3 on ultra depending on what resolution you're on.
    You could always crossfire in the future.
    Heres a Benchmark:,3148-6.html

    Thanks for the benchmark, it really helped me visualize just what my computer can run. By the way, is crossfire as simple as getting another graphics card, possibly another 7870, and just "plugging it in"? If so how long would my computer be a powerhouse for, 3 maybe 4 years? (With crossfire)
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